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Tile Tales: Decorative Architecture of the Ottoman Empire with Dr. Luca Orlandi

Tile Tales: Decorative Architecture of the Ottoman Empire with Dr. Luca Orlandi


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During this 60-minute conversation, we will investigate how the use of colorful and nature-inspired tiles embellished and transformed the quality of the inner spaces in the Ottoman architectural panorama, especially in the cities of Istanbul, Edirne, and Bursa.

Mosques, shrines, mausoleums, religious complexes, palaces, and essential residences have long been adorned by beautiful ornamented elements –  since the Islamic religion forbade depicting human and animal forms. Decorative floral designs and geometric motifs form intricate designs that completely cover the surface of these sacred spaces – creating the so-called arabesques. And the introduction of epigraphic elements in Ottoman or Arabic calligraphy represented a particular innovation in the decorative repertoire.

Over the centuries, this artistic expression has evolved from innovations of the Iznik or Kuthaya centers of craftsmanship. Together with a local expert, we will build a foundational understanding of the historical context these designs led to the spaces they adorn.

Led by an expert on Ottoman Architecture and Master Sinan, Luca Orlandi, this interactive seminar will discuss the importance of the tiles’ production during the Ottoman era and how tiles were distributed across the empire’s principal venues. Tailored to give accurate details and inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with a more profound knowledge of Ottoman Art and History.

Luca Orlandi is an architect and an architectural historian. He graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at University of Genoa (Italy) and obtained a PhD in 2005 from the Polytechnics of Turin (Italy), within the program: History and Critics of the Architectural and Environmental Heritage. He lives in Istanbul and works as Assistant Professor Dr. in the Faculty of Architecture and Design at Özyeğin University (OZU). He teaches courses such as: History of Architecture, Contemporary Architecture, and Architectural Design Studio. He often participates in lectures, seminars, and workshops in other Turkish universities and abroad, mainly in Italy. He is an active member of ICOMOS Italy and his fields of interest cover several topics like Ottoman Architecture and Master Sinan, Contemporary Turkish Architecture, as well as Genoese Heritage in the Orient and Travelogue and Narratives about the Levant.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Theresa, USA (Alexandria, US)
Excellent class

This is the second Context class I have taken with Prof Orlandi. It was excellent. I especially appreciated the photos of Turkish mosques and historical buildings located outside of Istanbul that I do not believe I will ever see. He is self deprecating about his Knowledge but he is terrifically capable of covering 12-20th century architecture and the tile that makes Turkey so unique.

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Theresa, USA (Alexandria, US)
Excellent class

This is the second Context class I have taken with Prof Orlandi. It was excellent. I especially appreciated the photos of Turkish mosques and historical buildings located outside of Istanbul that I do not believe I will ever see. He is self deprecating about his Knowledge but he is terrifically capable of covering 12-20th century architecture and the tile that makes Turkey so unique.